About Academy

Mission & Standards

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Columbus Academy believes that diversity, inclusion, equity and justice are essential to the excellence of our community, culture and curriculum. We recognize that the pursuit of this excellence requires thoughtful, deliberate and sustained action and that this effort is critical to our educational mission.

Community: We value diversity in all of its dimensions including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, family composition and socio-economic status. We seek to reflect multiple perspectives, backgrounds and interests in all facets of our community. We recognize that students who are exposed to and embrace diversity are better prepared to engage in a pluralistic world.

Culture and Climate: We strive to be an inclusive community in which each individual feels safe, respected and valued. In building a community that values similarities and differences among its constituents, we seek to embody in our actions and in our relations with one another the principles of equity and justice as well as Columbus Academy’s core values of honesty, respect, compassion, responsibility and fairness.

Curriculum: We believe that exposure to multiple – and even sometimes competing – points of view best equips students to explore, understand and apply complex concepts, building the basis for a rigorous education. By weaving diversity into the fabric of our curriculum, we equip our students with the interpersonal and critical thinking skills that are essential to success in the complex, multicultural world in which we live.

Columbus Academy adheres to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS ) Principles of Good Practice for Equity and Justice.


In order to implement the broad understandings of the Mission Statement, the school has adopted a set of standards which seeks to further the purposes and objectives inherent in our program.

  • To develop in each student the competence and desire for further education.
  • To foster students’ keen appreciation of the interdependence of people and cultures as part of preparation for a world where the only constant will be change.
  • To present a curriculum which embraces diversity and provides students with the opportunity to know, appreciate and evaluate the contributions of all people whatever their race, gender, creed, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.
  • To give students a knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematics, science, technology and critical thinking as they prepare for the challenges of the future.
  • To extend and to enrich students’ aesthetic judgment and discrimination through their active involvement in the humanities and in the creative and performing arts.
  • To foster and nurture in each student a strong sense of self based upon intellectual, social, athletic, personal growth and development, and the school’s recognition of these achievements.
  • To involve all students in the process of moral development by developing their sense of others, by discussing issues of social justice and by encouraging their service to others.
  • To encourage a sense of individual and social responsibility in students by asking for the highest integrity in decision-making.
  • To promote the benefits of positive role-modeling by older students for younger members of the school community.
  • To promote students’ understanding and respect for physical fitness, team work and good sportsmanship.
  • To encourage involvement in the extracurricular offerings of the school, for students and faculty, in keeping with the philosophy of developing the whole person.
  • To sustain a thorough and thoughtful college preparatory program that prepares students for access to and success in appropriate institutions of higher learning.
  • To review and evaluate all aspects of the school’s program with an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the developmental needs of each age group of students.
  • To insist on the highest standard of professionalism by the adults in the school as they interact with peers and students.
  • To create a close relationship between the school, its alumni and parents and the community at large that supports young people as they seek to discover and develop the full range of their potential.

Our Mission

Columbus Academy – an independent, coeducational college preparatory school – enriches its academic tradition of excellence by valuing a broad diversity of students as it seeks to develop the complete person: mind, body and character. The school rewards rigorous effort and accomplishment, fosters compassion, respect and moral courage, and insists on integrity, fair play and community service. Academy strives to develop and sustain a community of thoughtful, responsible, capable and confident citizens eager to engage in a pluralistic and ever-changing world.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Columbus Academy encourages and welcomes applications from students, faculty and staff without regard to race, gender, creed, sexual orientation, religion, physical handicap or national origin and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid programs and school-administered extracurricular programs.
Columbus Academy  4300 Cherry Bottom Road | Gahanna, OH 43230 | 614-475-2311